SuperStudio was founded in 1966 as an avant garde architecture firm, established by radicals Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia. The two met while studying architecture at the University of Florence, and were later joined by Alessandro and Roberto Magris and Piero Frassinell. The group were among the most prolific of the radical design groups to challenge the modernist notions of architectural and design thinking in the 1960s and 70s.

Inspired by their Continuous Monument project, which critiqued the absurdities of contemporary urban planning, SuperStudio created the grid, which has become their best known motif. This “neutral surface” informed a collection of furniture for Zanotta, the stark, geometric forms making a wry, but functional commentary on political disillusionment. This motif and thinking has endured for decades, unlike the group, who disbanded as a collective to pursue independent projects.

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